Culture > New car or new clothes? Youth prefer to spend to stay mobile

Posted on March 17, 2017

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Samuel Fuller explores why young people are now wiser than we thought

Admiral car insurance recently conducted a survey asking 500 drivers aged 17 to 24 if they’d rather update their wardrobe or maintain their car.

A staggering 69% of young adults who took part in the survey said they would much rather give up their fashion trends in order to keep their car.

They also discovered that 60% of young people would rather give up socialising and going to gigs and festivals, to spend money on their car. The least popular items young people would give up was food (18%) and saving for a deposit on a house (13%).

But why are these people spending so much money towards their car?

Admiral worked out that the cost of running a car is high, with fuel and insurance covering 61% of their income. On top of that, costs such as MOT, car tax and windshield replacements add on a further 39% so that’s about £3000 a year to run their car.

Admiral has provided a solution to this issue though by introducing black box insurance (Admiral Littlebox). This monitors your driving and gives your insurance company a ‘premium-pricing plan’ based on how you drive, rather than how your age group drives.

Head of Telematics at Admiral, Jo Garcia, said: “Our research shows just how important being mobile is to young drivers, whether that’s for their work or their social life. It also shows they’re not as frivolous as some people might expect.

“Running a car is costly for anybody, but for younger drivers, unless they deal with a good car insurance for college students and  their budgets, the expense can take a large share of their income. There are simple ways they can cut their bills however; buy a car with lower fuel consumption and one with lower vehicle emissions; they’ll save money on fuel and road tax.”

What I think
Nowadays, expensive and ‘trendy’ clothes are so important to young people. It gives us young people much more confidence to walk around without feeling like we’ve dressed ‘trampy’.

However, based on this survey I think it shows that we have matured, rather than the typical view that we throw away our money on late nights and social outings.

Personally, I believe that young people would rather have a car because it’s much more convenient, instead of buying new clothes to keep up with the ever changing fashion trends.

At 17, I love my clothing brands and wouldn’t change that for anything. Although, I am still very young and do not have the same luck others have, as many have cars at my age whether it’s inherited or bought.

For me travel isn’t really that big of an issue. Where I live in London, transport on the bus is free (until you turn 18) and other forms of transport, such as the tube, are not as expensive as the adult fare.

Samuel Fuller
Samuel Fuller, is a 17-year-old college student at Westminster Kingsway College, studying Creative Media. His hobbies include skateboarding, filming and photography. He works part-time as a brand representative. In the near future, he hopes to find himself somewhere in the film industry, travelling and creating a series of documentaries about social culture.


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2 Responses to New car or new clothes? Youth prefer to spend to stay mobile

  1. Grace Fuller March 21, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

    Keep up the good work Sam. Aim high & keep focused.
    No one can stop you except you. I’m here behind you all the way. Love you heaps

  2. abel h. April 26, 2017 at 9:59 am #

    This article was good because it was clear and concise you knew what he was trying to tell you from the first paragraph.


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